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*Cough* #work #tort

Looks like I might have to take off tomorrow.

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Rob Bodine is a Virginia attorney focusing his practice on real estate and intellectual property law. He’s currently Virginia counsel with First Class Title, Inc., a Maryland title insurance and settlement company. Rob is also a licensed title insurance agent in Florida, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

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Our New Office! #FCT #realestate #law

New OfficeToday was our last full day at our office of 15 years (though for me, it’s been 10 years off and on). First Class Title is moving up the street to 1803 Research Blvd., Suite 512, Rockville, MD, 20850. We’re all looking forward to the new office, but anytime you’re in on place for so long, the feeling will always be bittersweet. So, while we’re excited for the future, we remain respectful of the past and all the lessons it taught us.

If you’re getting ready to purchase or refinance a home, give us a call for a price quote, and be sure to let your realtor and lender know you’d like to work with us.

Note: Our office will be closed tomorrow at 1 pm to accommodate the move.

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Rob Bodine is a Virginia attorney focusing his practice on real estate and intellectual property law. He’s currently Virginia counsel with First Class Title, Inc., a Maryland title insurance and settlement company. Rob is also a licensed title insurance agent in Florida, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

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Antonakes, #2 at the CFPB, Is Stepping down #realestate #mortgage

Citing personal reasons, the No. 2 official at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Steven Antonakes, is resigning. There’s no word on where he’s going, but time will tell whether the Bureau suffers any difficulties with the transition. In particular, it’ll be interesting to see how industries react to whomever is chosen to replace him.

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Rob Bodine is a Virginia attorney focusing his practice on real estate and intellectual property law. He’s currently Virginia counsel with First Class Title, Inc., a Maryland title insurance and settlement company. Rob is also a licensed title insurance agent in Florida, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

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He Would Probably Know #realestate #business

Anthony HittTo be successful in real estate, you must always and consistently put your clients’ best interests first. When you do, your personal needs will be realized beyond your greatest expectations.
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Rob Bodine is a Virginia attorney focusing his practice on real estate and intellectual property law. He’s currently Virginia counsel with First Class Title, Inc., a Maryland title insurance and settlement company. Rob is also a licensed title insurance agent in Florida, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

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Starving #Artists

Social media (at least, my stream) is loaded with articles from, or in support of, artists that complain when they are asked to produce their art free of charge in exchange for exposure. This request is no different than that made in many other industries. It’s common in business; it’s called an internship. While artists may have to pay for paint or other supplies, they don’t have to pay for professional clothing, monthly subway passes, and mandatory social outings, so the expenses are largely a wash. Perhaps the fact that artists don’t get this point is why they’re “starving.”

Maybe this will teach them a lesson (though admittedly there are differences). An article published today on Business Insider (UK) talks about David Choe, and graffiti painter who was contracted to paint Facebook’s offices in 2005. He wanted $60,000; he was offered stock instead. So while he was paid for his services, it wasn’t in a form that could pay the rent or put food on the table. As far as Choe knew, this Facebook thing wouldn’t amount to much, so he should have expected nothing more than exposure. For his efforts, he’s now worth $200,000,000.00.

Though your results will certainly vary, this is how the real world works, even at the smaller scale. Only when you’re in a position to command payment will people want to pay you. Maybe you don’t like the world works and want to change it. Fair enough. The point, though, is that you’re not special or being discriminated against. Everyone pays their dues. Food for thought.

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